"Little Pebble" guilty of abuse, jury finds
NSW south coast "prophet", William Kamm, known as the "Little Pebble" to his followers, has been found guilty of sex offences against a girl aged 14 and 15 at the time of the acts.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Mr Kamm, 56, was found guilty in the NSW District Court yesterday of five counts of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 under his authority and one count of committing an act of indecency.
The girl was aged 14 and 15 at the time and was part of a religious community Mr Kamm established at Cambewarra, near Nowra.
Mr Kamm created the community, the Order of Saint Charbel, in the late 1980s. He refused to follow an order by the Holy See in 2002 to disband the community, saying that he operated on God's authority.
Followers would meet on the 13th day of every month when Mr Kamm would receive messages from the Virgin Mary, prosecutors claimed during the trial.
According to the prosecutors, he thought the world was about to come to an end but that he and his community would survive and that through him a new race of people would come into being.
Judge Peter Berman will hear sentencing submissions on 3 August.
'Little Pebble' guilty of abusing girl (Sydney Morning Herald, 31/5/07)
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Little Pebble Website
Excommunicated "mystic" on trial over new abuse charges (CathNews, 15/2/07)
Federal cash for Little Pebble cult school (CathNews, 3/8/04)
Little Pebble to face trial (CathNews, 2/11/03)
Little Pebble disciple cleared of sex assault charges (13/2/03)
"Little Pebble" to face court next month on sex charges (CathNews, 5/2/02)
Church bans NSW South Coast cult 'miracle worker' (CathNews, 18/6/02)
31 May 2007